C.T. Bradford and Wes Rea each had two hits and three runs batted in as Mississippi State salvaged the third game of its series with LSU by posting a 10-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field in Starkville.
HOW THEY SCORED
Mississippi State first inning - Adam Frazier singled, moved to second on a wild pitch by Cody Glenn and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Bradford. Hunter Renfroe drove in Frazier with a double. After Mitch Slauter grounded out, Renfroe stole third and scored on a double by Rea. MISSISSIPPI STATE 2, LSU 0
Mississippi State second inning - Daryl Norris walked and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Demarcus Henderson. Brett Pirtle beat out a hit to shortstop. After Frazier fouled out to leftfield, Glenn walked Bradford and Renfroe to force home Norris. MISSISSIPPI STATE 3, LSU 0
Mississippi State fourth inning - Henderson was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a single by Pirtle. After Frazier flied out to leftfield, Bradford drove home Henderson with a single. Bradford and Pirtle moved to second and third on a wild pitch by Glenn. Relief pitcher Nate Fury intentionally walked Renfroe. After Slauter struck out, Rea singled in both Pirtle and Bradford. MISSISSIPPI STATE 6, LSU 0
Mississippi State sixth inning - With two out, Renfroe walked and stole second. Renfroe scored on a single by Slauter. MISSISSIPPI STATE 7, LSU 0
LSU seventh inning - Chris Sciambra singled and Sean McMullen doubled. After Chris Chinea was hit by a pitch, Sciambra scored on JaCoby Jones' sacrifice fly to rightfield. MISSISSIPPI STATE 7, LSU 1
Mississippi State seventh inning - Sam Frost singled and stole second. After Henderson lined out to right field, Frost stole third and scored on a single by Pirtle. Frazier doubled to send Pirtle to third. Bradford singled home Pirtle and Frazier. MISSISSIPPI STATE 10, LSU 1
LSU eighth inning - Jared Foster hit a leadoff home run over the leftfield fence. MISSISSIPPI STATE 10, LSU 2
LSU WASTED SCORING CHANCES
Fourth inning - Alex Bregman walked and moved to second on Raph Rhymes' ground out to second base. After Mason Katz flied out to rightfield, Bregman went to third on a balk by Kendall Graveman. Christian Ibarra grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Sixth inning - Jones singled and was forced at second base on Mark Laird's grounder to shortstop. After Bregman flied out to leftfield, Rhymes singled and Katz walked to load the bases. Ibarra struck out to leave three runners stranded.
Ninth inning - With two out, Tyler Moore and Bregman singled. Foster popped out to shortstop to end the inning.
LSU HITTING STAR
Jones had his second straight multiple-hit game. Again batting first in the lineup, Jones had singles in the third and sixth innings. He opened the game with a walk and drove in LSU's first run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Jones has had two hits in three of the Tigers' last four games.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Glenn's first Southeastern Conference start was very poor. He allowed six runs and six hits in 3.1 innings. In addition, Glenn walked three and hit a batter. He retired the side in order in the third, but he allowed the leadoff batter to reach base in each of the other three innings he was on the mound. Glenn had only walked three batters in 25 innings prior to Sunday.
Coach Paul Mainieri got an opportunity to use five new relief pitchers Sunday. The only two who were effective were Kevin Berry and Russell Reynolds. Berry got two outs without letting a run score in the seventh. Reynolds threw a scoreless eighth in which he walked a batter. Nate Fury, who replaced Glenn, gave up a two-out, two-run single by Rea in the fourth. Nick Rumbelow allowed one run in his two innings on the mound. He walked two and struck out two. Will LaMarche pitched to five batters in the seventh and retired just one. He yielded three singles and a double and was charged with three runs. The bullpen walked five and struck out three in 4.2 innings.
Andrew Stevenson once again started in centerfield. He was 0-for-2 with a strikeout before bring pinch-hit for by Chinea. Sciambra was the designated hitter and collected two singles. . .The Tigers had 11 hits, their highest total in the series. However, they got few runners to second base. LSU was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. . .For the second consecutive game, Bregman kept his hitting streak alive in the ninth inning. Bregman, who singled with two out in the ninth, has an eight-game hitting streak. . .Katz's hitting streak ended at five games. He was 0-for-2 with a walk. . .Four Tigers players came off the bench to record hits - Moore, Foster, Alex Edward and McMullen. Foster's hit was a home run, the second of his career. He hit a homer against Michigan last season. . .Jones, Bregman and Ibarra each had four hits in the series. . .Tigers pitchers walked a season-high eight batters. LaMarche was the only hurler who did issue a base on balls. . .Pirtle led Mississippi State with three hits. Frazier joined Bradford and Rea with two hits. . .Graveman allowed one run and seven hits in six innings in recording the victory. Graveman was the winning pitcher when the Bulldogs salvaged the final game of the three-game series at The Box last year. . .Both benches were warned after Graveman threw a pitch behind the head of Katz in the second inning. Katz had hits three homers in the first two games of the series. . .The loss ended LSUâ€™s 13-game winning streak. . .The Tigers are 18-2 overall, 2-1 in the SEC. Mississippi State is 19-4 overall, 1-2 in the SEC. . .Vanderbilt and Texas A&M were the only SEC teams to sweep opponents this weekend. The Commodores won three games at Auburn, the Tigersâ€™ next SEC opponent. The Aggies won three games at home against Georgia.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
Coach Paul Mainieri
"It just wasn't our day today. It's not a loss we're going to dwell upon. I'm very proud of our players for winning two games here in a very tough environment. They played their hearts out and gave us a good start in the SEC race."
LSU will play host to Northwestern State on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. The Demons (9-13) lost three games to Oklahoma over the weekend. Mainieri is undecided on the Tigers' starting pitcher.